xt7vdn3zwb82 https://exploreuk.uky.edu/dips/xt7vdn3zwb82/data/mets.xml  The Frontier Nursing Service, Inc. 2015  bulletins  English The Frontier Nursing Service, Inc. Contact the Special Collections Research Center for information regarding rights and use of this collection. Frontier Nursing Service Quarterly Bulletins Frontier Nursing University Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 90, No. 2, Summer 2015 text Frontier Nursing University Quarterly Bulletin, Vol. 90, No. 2, Summer 2015 2015 2016 true xt7vdn3zwb82 section xt7vdn3zwb82 FNU

Summer 2015

Volume 90

Number 2

Join with us to
“Make More Midwives”
Frontier Nursing University establishes
the Kitty Ernst Chair of Midwifery



Introduction to Frontier Nursing University

Introduction to FNU ...............................................................................1

ary Breckinridge spent her early years in many parts of the world — Russia, France, Switzerland and the British Isles. After the deaths of her two
children, she abandoned the homebound life expected of women of her class
to devote herself to the service of families, with a particular focus on children.

The Journey – Dr. Susan Stone ................................................................2
Alumni Spotlight .....................................................................................5
Courier Corner ........................................................................................8
Courier Spotlight ...................................................................................11
Field Notes .............................................................................................13
Beyond the Mountains ..........................................................................16
Notes .......................................................................................................18
Wendover Report ...................................................................................20
Footprints ...............................................................................................21
In Memoriam .........................................................................................22
Trustees ..................................................................................................25
Board of Directors .................................................................................27
Your Gifts at Work .................................................................................28
US ISSN 0016-2116
Frontier Nursing Service Quarterly Bulletin (USPS 835-740, ISSN 00162116)
is published at the end of each quarter by Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.,
132 FNS Dr., Wendover, KY 41775.
Periodicals Postage Paid at Hyden, KY, and at additional mailing offices.
Subscriptions: $5 per year.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Frontier Nursing Service
Quarterly Bulletin, 132 FNS Dr., Wendover, KY 41775.
Copyright FNS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Frontier does not share its donor mailing list.
Corrections: In the last issue of the Quarterly Bulletin please note that The Community
of Hope Family Healthy & Birth Center is located in Washington DC (not Arlington,
VA). The article also mistakenly stated that the Center was the only free-standing
birth center in the Washington, DC area. However, BirthCare & Women’s Health in
Alexandria, VA, is also a freestanding birth center in the Washington, DC, area.


Mrs. Breckinridge founded the Frontier Nursing Service in 1925 after several
years of studying and practicing nursing and midwifery in the United States,
England, Scotland and France. It was the first organization in America to
use nurses trained as midwives collaborating with a single medical doctor,
based at their small hospital in Hyden. Originally the staff was composed
of nurse-midwives trained in England. They
Our aim has always been traveled on horseback and on foot to provide
to see ourselves surpassed, quality primary care, including maternity
care, to families in their own homes. In 1928,
and on a larger scale.”
she recruited young people to serve as Couriers
–Mary Breckinridge,
and help the Frontier staff and nurse-midwives in
Wide Neighborhoods, 1952
all manner of efforts. In 1939, Mrs. Breckinridge
established a school of nurse-midwifery. The school provided graduates, many
of whom stayed to offer care to families in Leslie County, Kentucky.


Today, Mrs. Breckinridge’s legacy extends far beyond Eastern Kentucky through
Frontier Nursing University (FNU), which offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice
degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with tracks as a Nurse-Midwife,
Family Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. FNU
has students and graduates serving all 50 states and many countries.

How to Reach Us
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations: Please direct questions, comments
or updates to Denise Barrett, Director of Development, at (859) 899-2828 or send an
e-mail to development@frontier.edu.
The Wendover Bed & Breakfast Inn: The Big House, Mary Breckinridge’s home, is
a licensed Bed & Breakfast Inn located at Wendover. For reservations or to arrange
a tour, call Michael Claussen, Development Officer, at (859) 899-2707 or e-mail
michael.claussen@frontier.edu. Group tours can be arranged, and we are always happy
to set up tours for organizations and educational programs with an interest in nursing
history and Appalachian studies.



the journey


n honor of Kitty Ernst and her years of dedicated service to Frontier Nursing
University (FNU), it is my pleasure to announce that during the April meeting
of the FNU Board of Directors, the Board voted unanimously to establish the
Kitty Ernst Chair of Midwifery. This prestigious faculty position will support a
key midwifery faculty member for FNU in perpetuity. By endowing faculty chairs,
FNU ensures the resources are available to retain talented faculty without raising
tuition for students. It is certainly fitting that Kitty be honored as namesake of this
faculty chair.
For half a century, Kitty Ernst has been a
pioneer in both the field of midwifery and
in developing the best care possible for families in pregnancy and birth. Kitty has been
a permanent leader in the nurse-midwifery
profession since graduating from the Frontier Graduate School of Midwifery in 1951.
Kitty has graciously shared her personal
Kitty Ernst attending the birth
story, her passion, and her vision with every
of a mountain woman
single class of incoming Frontier Nursing University students since the inception of the distance program in 1989. Her
experience as a Frontier student — attending the home birth of a strong mountain woman — forever changed her view of birth and the potential role of nursemidwives in the natural birth process. After practicing as a nurse-midwife, Kitty
turned her attention to advocating for nurse-midwives to play an important and
respected role in our society’s health care system, a pursuit she continues to this


left: Kitty has been a mentor to Susan Stone, President of FNU
right: Kitty with dear friend and fellow nurse-midwifery advocate, Dr. Ruth Lubic.
Dr. Lubic and her husband are lead donors to the Kitty Ernst Chair of Midwifery fund.

While starting her own family, she began working as a parent educator, teaching some of the first childbirth education groups of the International Childbirth
Education Association. As a field consultant for the Maternity Center Association,
she developed a family-centered maternity care provided by an obstetrician nursemidwife team at the Salvation Army Booth Maternity Center in Philadelphia. She
designed a project to develop and evaluate a program of Self-Care/Self-Help Education Initiated in Childbirth, and assisted in planning and implementation of the
demonstration Childbearing Center at Childbirth Connection. She was also the
co-founder of the National Association of Childbearing Centers. As Director of
the National Association of Childbearing Centers, she continued to be a leader
in the effort to bring birth centers into the mainstream of health care delivery
and helped to institute the Commission for Accreditation of Freestanding Birth
During the 1980s, Ms. Ernst became concerned about two issues: the small number
of nurse-midwives being educated each year, and the fact that the majority of
nurse-midwives being educated in large tertiary care centers had a lack of outof-hospital experience. To address these issues, she led the design and implementation of the first distance education program for nurse-midwives, which was
adopted by the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing and has grown
to the present-day Frontier Nursing University.
We want to honor her, for her relentless work to seeing the community-based
nurse-midwifery education program be born. So convinced, and rightly so, of the
need for a distance-based nurse-midwifery program, Kitty managed to pilot the
first ever class from her farm in Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania. She welcomed, with



open arms, Class 1 students for the first ever Midwifery Bound. Without Kitty’s
determination to prove this type of program could and would work, the idea could
have simply never come to fruition. She assembled the nuts and bolts, including
the instructional materials needed, repurposing her chicken coop to act as temporary learning space, and willed the entire operation to success. For her personal
sacrifices in the creation of our nurse-midwifery program, for her lifelong leadership, and for her undying passion to offer safe and respectful care to women
and babies – Frontier Nursing University has established the Kitty Ernst Chair of

alumni spotlight

This endowed position has been created with a $1 million designation of unrestricted funding from donations and operations. Our goal is to raise an additional
$1 million for the fund. I am pleased to report that we have already received nearly
$100,000 in additional pledges of support towards this goal. Your support will help
ensure that Kitty’s passion and dedication will live on to inspire countless generations of future midwives. As a symbol of our appreciation for your support of this
wonderful woman, mother, midwife, educator and advocate we offer all donors
making a gift of $1,000 or more a limited edition pin. Those donors who are moved
to give a gift of $5,000 or more will be invited to a special event with Kitty.
We are reaching out to all of our supporters to ask for your commitment to this
goal. We sincerely appreciate your consideration to contribute to this important
fund. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Susan E. Stone, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, FACNM

Mona Lydon Rochelle,
Pioneer alumnus 1978


ike many alumni, Mona Lydon-Rochelle came to Frontier Nursing Service with a spirit for travel and adventure and a longing to be a midwife
and work in service for women’s health. When she arrived, Mona met fellow
FNS student, Sister Barbara Brilliant, a Roman Catholic nun who shared Mona’s
interest in midwifery and a dream of service abroad. They would remain friends
and would meet again in Africa years later. Mona tells interesting stories about
Sister Barbara, who was one of five nuns who were sent to FNS for service and
midwifery training by their order to prepare for mission work. Mona remembers that in those days, there was a trailer outside Hyden where a Roman Catholic priest would hold services, which Mona attended with the sisters and other
Catholic laypeople, and that the sisters
would play guitar and sing. Mona also
remembers working with Sister Barbara
at the Beech Fork FNS center on a freezing
winter day when they were told by radio
they could stay in, but Sister Barbara told
Mona they were going out in the ice with
their jeep. Mona maintained a friendship with Sister Barbara and in later
years would visit her in Liberia, where
Sister Barbara has served for 35 years as a
leader in Catholic medical missions and
governmental health initiatives since
leaving FNS.
After graduating from FNS as a certified
nurse-midwife, Mona moved for a short
time to the northeast, but ended up in 1979 in New Mexico, where she worked
at a birth center for two years. They then returned to Boston for her husband
to attend Harvard law school. They returned to New Mexico for 8 years where
Mona practiced clinical midwifery. In 1994 they moved to Washington state
where Mona earned a Masters of Public Health and PhD in epidemiology; Mona
graduated in 1999 and joined the faculty of University of WA the following year.





Mona taught and conducted research for 8 years during her academic career
and worked with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control
and National Institute of Health on national and international research efforts
addressing the health of women and infants. Mona’s scientific work was published in prominent medical journals. While at University of WA, in 2006, Mona
visited Sister Barbara in Monrovia, Liberia. Sister Barbara’s operation was well
designed; she knew what she was doing and was a mover and a shaker.

Mona now lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband after an
impressive career in midwifery and public health leadership. Mona T. LydonRochelle’s first poetry chapbook, Mourning Dove, was recently published by
Finishing Line Press (2014). Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Spiritus,
Floating Bridge Review, Journal of Medical Humanities, Santa Fe Literary Journal,
Xavier Review and JAMA. She volunteers for Médecins Sans Frontières.

Mona finally decided she wanted to volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières
(Doctors without Borders), an international health care service organization.
When she went to interview in July 2007 at the New York headquarters, they suggested she be recertified as a nurse-midwife rather than planning to serve as an
epidemiologist. She got a call in November 2007 asking her to volunteer for a
post in the Republic of Georgia, near Russia, as an epidemiologist, with a project
to improve treatment for multiple-drug-resistant tuberculosis. If Mona accepted
the assignment she would leave in two weeks, which she did—temporarily leaving her husband behind. Tuberculosis is highly contagious and many patients
were young; there were compliance problems with the multi-pill regimen for
treatment; and data on treatment and outcomes were not reliable. Mona and
her team helped figure out what problems there were in measurements and to
implement methods to fix the problem, and then she returned to the US.
Following her work in Georgia, Mona was recruited through an international
search to join faculty at the University of College Cork to help launch the first
National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Ireland. This was a governmental initiative to establish standardized measurements for maternal child health so an
epidemiologist was needed. Part of Mona’s role was to work with the program’s
medical director to engage stakeholders nationally to build upon the bare-bones
infrastructure of the program, so she traveled throughout Ireland, often by train.
She also visited France and looked at their system of tracking maternal child
health outcomes. Mona found that in Ireland, midwifery was well-integrated
into the health system, but that record keeping was sparse because often services
were logged under the name of the lead physician. Nurse-midwives would
often practice in specialized services that weren’t individually coded—and because
the privacy laws were much stricter than in the US, so the process for linking
medical records and sharing information was problematic. She left with a better
system in place for tracking maternal child health measures, and returned after
two years to the US.


The following poem, written by Mona Lydon-Rochelle was originally published in
the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Volume 313, Number 21
and is reprinted with permission.

Sweat wets Ariana’s hair,
sculpting sable curls
into a crown of black opals.

Then night comes,
and Ariana, small as a doll,
is gone.

Ariana appeared like an atrate
angel, swaddled in a pale
lappa at our door.

Virologists tell us that 5 species
of Ebola were born 40 years ago,
near the Legbala River. There Sudan and the Congo
buried their dead.

In the morning she is half-here
like a black swallowtail, nearly
extinct and rarely seen.

What can I write about a child
who dies?

At noon, the white sheet,
once fragrant with bleach,
turns speckled red.

MSF Monrovia Midnight
9th of September
Ariana 12 months old
cause of death Ebola
no surviving family
Charles de Foucauld MD

By evening, she lingers with moonless
eyes. I can no longer breathe
through my masque of mourning.




about the communities of Eastern
Kentucky as well as more broadly,
the practice of rural medicine in

courier corner
By Nancy Reinhart,
FNU Courier Program Coordinator


he 2015 Couriers have been up to amazing things this summer! After
coming to Wendover and spending a week in “Courier Bound” orientation
together, they adapted, served and had fun. They completed more than 1800 total
service hours to the communities and clinics of the Appalachian region. They
provided health education to hundreds of children, ran summer camp, hosted a
literacy training, created brochures and handouts for clinics, helped connect
patients to insurance benefits, filed, shredded, asked good questions, brought their
passion, lived through difficult challenges along the way and more.
Here are a few reflections they had about
their experiences:
“As an aspiring nurse practitioner, being a courier will give me the chance to use what I learn
from the program to better serve my community
in the future. I hope to embody the Frontier
legacy by promoting the awareness about the
Courier Program and nursing as a critical and
rewarding occupation in health care.”

Carson Barnes teaching health
education at a Big Creek Camp in
Clay County, KY

“As another week passes and I reflect upon my
journey thus far, I call to mind all the friendly
people I have met, the intriguing conversations I
have had, as well as the great food I have tasted.
These experiences all intertwine to provide me
with a more real and awakened perspective

Pictured from left to right: LouAnne Verrier (Courier
2001),Carson Barnes, DeAnn Ryan, Mariah Everett,
Katelyn Nicewander, Deborah Yip, Nancy Reinhart
(Courier Program Coordinator), Hannah Ritsema,
Finnie Ng and Phil Manness.

“It is important for us, as representatives of having had a “Kentuckian experience,” to let people
at home know how things really
are around here. With my new
understanding, I hope that I can
shed some light on a place that
many people back home will not
experience to the extent that I
have, or even visit.”

“I am inspired by Mary Breckinridge and her ability to identify a problem (no matter
how daunting), create action steps, rally communities around the cause, and make a
tangible difference. I think her idea of combining a public health focus directly into the
implementation of medicine is critical to improving the quality of life of those in the
communities we love.”
“I feel like my time here has left such an impact on myself that I, now more than ever,
cannot simply end up a doctor plopped in the middle of the familiar suburbs serving
individuals. I feel I must become involved in improving the public health climate, especially where it covers underserved populations.”

Unbridled Service: Growing
Up and Giving Back as a Frontier Nursing Service Courier
Email courier.program@frontier.edu if you would like to
order one or more copies of our book published in April 2104.
They will also be available for online ordering soon.
If you have memories to contribute to the Courier Program history—
and they are all worthwhile—contact courier.program@frontier.edu
to set up an oral interview.



“I know I am going to continue to speak so highly about the courier program for as
long as I live. For me personally, it has been one of the best experiences of my life. It
confirmed my career path while providing some other great opportunities.”


courier spotlight

Kathy Dalton

Thank you to all the sites, mentors, faculty, staff and community partners who
helped to support them in their time with Frontier. It’s a wonderful network of
people and couldn’t be done without you.

Kathy Dalton served as a Courier in 1968 and
has been supportive of Frontier since that time.
In April 2014, she hosted a tea party to help us
release “Unbridled Service,” our historical book
about the Courier Program. The tea service was
done in the traditional English style in honor of the
Breckinridge-style tea service she learned at FNS.
She inherited the fine German tea set used at the
party from her maternal grandmother.

Nominate a fellow Courier for the 2015 “Unbridled Service Award”
The Courier Program Unbridled Spirit Award is given annually to a former Courier
who has carried the torch of Mary Breckinridge beyond the mountains, perpetuating
the mission and spirit of Frontier in their own lives. The inaugural award was given
posthumously to Kate Ireland, in fall 2014, concurrent to the release of our book
about the history of the Courier Program and FNU’s 75th Anniversary.
Worthy individuals must be nominated by another former Courier and will be
chosen by a team of Frontier staff and former Couriers from the pool of nominees
on the basis of their: dedication to serving others; ongoing, longstanding stewardship of Frontier; and demonstration of personal conviction, courage and a zest for
Please email courier.program@frontier.edu to nominate someone
for the award by September 25, 2015. Tell us who they are and why
you think they should be nominated.
This year’s award will be presented at the FNU Homecoming
and Courier Conclave weekend. It is scheduled for October
9-11, 2015 so mark your calendar now. In addition to
giving the Courier and Alumni awards, this year Frontier
will be hosting a reunion of the first ever distance learning
midwifery class.

Courier Program t-shirts now available for $15!
Email courier.program@frontier.edu if you would like to order one or more.
We will also make them available for online ordering soon.


Briefly introduce yourself.
I’m from Lexington, KY, am mother to three boys, and am married to OBGYN,
Dr. Lisle Dalton. I’m very active in my community and church and I serve on local boards. I worked at Nathaniel Mission, a Methodist health clinic serving the
under-served community of Irishtown in Lexington, for ten years. My mother was
also from Lexington but her father, my grandfather, Robert Rhodes Estill, was a
mining engineer and traveled frequently to coal mines throughout Eastern Kentucky. As a result, I grew up hearing my mother’s stories about the region and they
were always so interesting. I became curious about the area and really wanted to do
a service trip. My parents researched and found the Courier Program which was a
good option that matched my interests.
Briefly describe your experience as a Courier.
I was there for 6 or 8 weeks, in May and June, after my junior year in college ended. I remember sitting in Anna May January’s room in the evenings and hearing
about her experiences. She told me that when I was assigned to an outpost clinic
I should get out and meet some of the local people during my free time. When I
was assigned to Flat Creek, I focused on meeting as many people as I could. I sat
on porches and talked and listened. I painted the kitchen there and I scythed the
grass to cut it low. I delivered medicine to patients and attended the weekly clinic
in Mud Lick with the Flat Creek nurse.




At Wendover, I took care of horses and
took slop to the pigs at the Upper Shelf.
On the weekends the Couriers and I
would go up to a swimming hole at Hurricane Creek and swim on horseback
there. I drove families to their homes
in Thousandsticks—those who didn’t
have transportation upon discharge
from the hospital. I remember fixing tea
Dalton Tea Party, April 2014
and goodies for the midwives at the Big
House. I remember the big black coal
stove in the Big House kitchen and the sweet cooks who prepared the food. Every
day, there was tea at four p.m. and sherry hour at five p.m. Once on a stormy day,
we had to take all the tack into the Big House to clean it with Neet’s Feet oil.

field notes

How did it impact you, your life and your vocational direction?
Serving as a Courier lit a fire in me—it was exactly what I wanted to do. My time
with Frontier made me more aware of poverty and its effects, thereby deepening
my existing commitment to service in my church and community throughout my
What is the legacy of the Courier program from your view?
The Courier Program serves a valuable purpose in helping not only defray the
costs of healthcare but in also piquing the Couriers insight into what’s really
important in life. The program allows them to learn about all kinds of people,
especially people from an isolated and under-served part of our country. There are
under-served populations in every area of our country, so young people who serve
can be inspired to do this elsewhere after they return home.
Why do you remain involved with Frontier?
I think the mission of FNU today is right on with Mary Breckinridge’s mission.
FNU continues to serve a need and I’m proud to be a part of something that has
stayed the course over time. I’m also extremely interested in the fact—because of
technology—that Frontier’s mission can be met from a distance. This success is
an example of the best technology has to offer. I’m delighted to be a part of a vital
project that is serving the world.


FNU Welcomes Della Deerfield
to the Board of Directors


NU is pleased to welcome Della Deerfield to the Board of Directors. Della
Deerfield, CPA is the vice president of finance at Creative Lodging Solutions,
LLC (CLS) in Lexington, KY. Prior to joining CLS in 2014, Ms. Deerfield spent
more than 20 years as the finance executive at community hospitals in rural
Kentucky. As the chief financial officer at Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital
in Irvine, KY and Saint Joseph – Berea (formerly Berea Hospital) in Berea, KY, Ms.
Deerfield provided leadership for financial operations, health information management, information technology, provider practices, and corporate compliance.
During her tenure, both facilities implemented information systems and processes
to improve patient care and achieve operational efficiencies.
Ms. Deerfield lives in Richmond, KY with her husband, Bruce, and son, Jason. Her
daughter, Dr. Shanna Sharber, is a recent graduate of the UK College of Medicine
and is currently a pediatric resident at the University of Louisville. Her daughter,
Dr. Amanda Deerfield, is an economics professor at James Madison University in
Harrisonburg, VA.

Make plans to attend the 2015 Alumni Homecoming/
Courier Conclave October 9-11
Alumni Homecoming and Courier Conclave will be hosted in Hyden October
9-11. All graduates and former Couriers are invited to join us for this annual event.
A full schedule for the weekend is on the opposite page. Registration is $125 per
person and includes lodging and all activities listed with the exception of races at
Register at www.frontier.edu/homecoming or contact Michael Claussen at
michael.claussen@frontier.edu. Payment will be accepted upon arrival. Lodging
for the weekend is limited so make your reservations today!



Alumni Homecoming Schedule of Events
Friday October 9
5 pm

Opening Reception at the Big House

6 pm

Homecoming Celebration Dinner to honor
Chicken Coop Midwives (Class 1a,1b and 2)

7-9 pm

A time to reminisce and share memories

9 pm

Circle up, closing comments and school song

Saturday, October 10
8-9 am

Big House “The Works” Breakfast

9-10 am

Tour of Wendover

10-11:30 am

Free Time

11:30-12:30 pm Big House Lunch
12:30-3:30 pm

CEU Session Pharmacology - Livery
(Sponsored by the FNU Alumni Association)

12:30-3:30 pm

Tour of FNS Service area- Red Bird Clinic, Hell for Certain,
Swinging Bridge, FNU Hyden Campus, Stop at Red Light Café

3:30-5 pm

Free time

5 pm


6 pm

Big House Dinner

7-9 pm

FNS Historic videos

9 pm

Circle up, closing comments and school song

Sunday, October 11
8-9 am

Big House Breakfast (included with Wendover Lodging)

9-9:30 am

Prayer Service at Historical St. Christopher’s Chapel

9:30 am

Ringing the bell

10:00 am

Depart for Lexington

12:30 pm

Optional trip to Keeneland Horse Track*


Martha Copeland hosts event in Lexington, KY
Martha Copeland has a long history with
Frontier Nursing. Delivered by a FNU midwife, Martha also has many fond memories of
growing up in Hyden and of visiting with Mary
Breckinridge at her home. Today Martha is an
active member of the Bluegrass Committee, the
Frontier Leadership Council and most recently
Back: Maggie Roberts, Shanna Elliott,
hosted a reception in her home to help educate
Pat Case, Sally Moore, Jane Mize; Front:
her friends about the work of FNU. The recepMartha Copeland, Peggy Rice, Katie Haag,
tion featured a video and short presentation
Alice Craig.
by Associate Director of Development, Angela
Bailey. Guests enjoyed savory treats, a delicious dessert and lively conversation
about the history, present and future of FNU.

Mountain Health Monthly co-hosted by Frontier
FNU is co-hosting a new radio show in Eastern Kentucky called Mountain Health Monthly
on the WMMT station which airs on the 4th
Monday of every month at 6:00 pm EST. The
leading show host is FNU graduate Carrie
Lee-Hall who welcomes guests from throughout the local healthcare community to discuss
health issues important to those living in the
mountain area. Carrie is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse-Midwife
at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation in Whitesburg, Ky. As an FNU
graduate, she carries out our mission of serving rural and underserved families in
the eastern Kentucky area.

*For those individuals interested in attending races at Keeneland their will be an additional $50
charge. This charge includes entrance fees, lunch and seating in the Phoenix Dining Room for the
afternoon where you can enjoy the races in a climate controlled, elegant atmosphere. Dress code
is Business Casual, no denim or athletic attire.

The first Mountain Health Monthly broadcast focuses on the topic of Nutrition,
and Carrie welcomes a local dietitian as well as FNU Family Nurse Practitioner
student Jackson Davis to talk about this important subject. They discuss the challenges faced in obtaining proper nutrition as well as opportunities and methods
by which local folks can adopt healthier diets. The second broadcast focuses on
Autism Awareness and features several guests who are autism advocates or deal
with autism on a daily basis. Check out these first two shows at www.wmmt.org.




beyond the mountains

New York Committee gathers at Cosmopolitan Club
Susan Stone, FNU President and Denise
Barrett, Director of Development traveled
to New York City in May to visit with friends
at the annual NYC Committee event. We
also had the pleasure of meeting with Mr.
Donald Jonas, founder of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veteran’s Healthcare,
and Darlene Curley, Executive Director of
the Jonas Center. Frontier has been very Pictured left to right: Noel Smith Fernandez,
Karen Gordon, LouAnne Verrier, Susan Stone,
fortunate to have 6 students in our DNP and Joyce Hurley
Program supported through the Jonas
Scholars program! Attendees to the tea enjoyed the magnificent view from the
Cosmopolitan Club while learning of news and achievements from Frontier and
sharing updates with one another.


Annual American College of Nurse-Midwives Meeting
Reception hosts nearly 200 guests
The Frontier Nursing University reception at ACNM continues to grow. This year
we hosted nearly 200 guests at this annual event. Tonya Nicholson recognized
three FNU faculty who were inducted into the ACNM Fellows during this year’s
meeting—Tanya Tanner, Heather Clarke and Diana Jolles. Tonya also re